Netherlands-headquartered chemicals firm AkzoNobel’s has started up its new powder coatings plant in Changzhou, China. The facility – one of the largest of its kind in the world – is located at an existing site and will help to further strengthen the company’s global leadership position in the powder coatings market.
The result of nearly EUR40 million of investment, the Changzhou plant will supply an extensive range of Interpon and Resicoat products to meet growing demand for more sustainable coatings solutions. Key markets include the automotive, architectural and general industrial sectors.
AkzoNobel supplies powder coatings to more than 30,000 customers worldwide, covering several market segments. The Changzhou facility will produce almost the complete range, serving customers in the entire Eastern region of the country with products for domestic appliances, architecture, automotive, furniture, IT, functional and general industrial applications. It will also supply automotive customers nationwide.
Reflecting the sustainable nature of the powder coatings it produces, the new Changzhou plant itself is a living demonstration of AkzoNobel’s strong commitment to sustainability, it says. In addition to supplying only VOC and solvent-free products, the plant also uses advanced technology such as a vacuum drum waste water recycling system. This helps to achieve full recycling of waste water and zero waste water emissions.
Meanwhile, the strategic position of the site enables it to collaborate with one of AkzoNobel’s largest technology centres – based in Songjiang, Shanghai – which carries out research on formulas and solutions customized for local needs.